Game of Thrones Prequel Crashes Streaming Service HBO Max

The hotly anticipated debut of the “Game of Thrones” prequel saw a large number of users tune in to HBO Max, overwhelming the service for some viewers on Sunday night in the US, which caused a rain of complaints on Twitter.

HBO’s “House of the Dragon.”Source: Warner Media

More than 3,000 outages were reported across the global monitoring service Downdetector at 9 p.m. in New York, just as “House of the Dragon” was released.

The show is being “successfully viewed” by millions of subscribers, according to a representative for Warner Bros Discovery Inc., the parent of HBO. “We’re aware of a small portion of users attempting to connect via Fire TV devices that are having issues and are in the process of resolving for those impacted users,” the representative added.

But there were still plenty of users that took to Twitter to complain about the issues. 


“House of the Dragon” arrives more than three years after the last episode of “Game of Thrones,” which alone drew 19.3 million viewers, a record for HBO. The prequel is set roughly 170 years before and focuses on the Targaryen family and their bloody turmoils.

HBO Max is not the only streaming service where popular series have been known to cause problems. Netflix suffered from outages earlier this year when the season finale of Stranger Things appeared online.